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Working with Kids Is Like an Abstract Painting

Lincoln Library was blessed to be one of the recipients of six grants issued by The Peoples Heartland Foundation. The $500 from this grant will be used to purchase board games and shelves to store them. The money will also allow for a table and chairs in a specified area for the playing of these games.

We are so grateful for their generosity, as it will provide numerous options for patrons in search of something to do. Although many come through the door hoping for an available computer, these games will add to their choices of things to do while waiting for their turn on a computer.

This game corner is not just for our younger patrons! We would like to encourage anyone in any age group to come in and play one or a few games. Challenge these young ones to a game; they would love it.

Let me tell you about one of our newest patrons. Her name is Shannon and she’s new in town. She came in and filled out the paperwork for a library card and we went through the usual chit-chat of meeting someone. She shared some of the details that brought her to this time in her life and out the door she went.

It was not too many days before she walked back through our door. This time she was bearing gifts. She is a crafter, and she brought samples for us. Before long she was giving fun things to the young patrons, along with her time. A couple of times she brought her crafting stuff here to the library and let the kids create whatever was in their imagination. She has scheduled another crafting time that is coming up soon, and the kids can hardly wait. They enjoy the crafting and creating, but they also enjoy the attention and conversation she gives them.

I think sometimes we think that working with kids is going to be like a Norman Rockwell painting; it is a time for warm and fuzzy feelings! Then we become shell-shocked when we do work with kids because it is more like an abstract painting with an unknown origin. The thing is, abstract paintings are beautiful when you focus on each individual, vivid and vibrant color and the unusual and unique blends, and that pretty well describes our children here at Lincoln Library.

Two Early Literacy Programs Coming

We at Lincoln Library care for all our patrons! Whether it is hooking them up with a book they want to read or a movie they want to see, we try our best. If they need copies made, faxes sent, or something laminated, we are there for them. We are happy to help those in school in any way we can; tell us your need.

woman reading a book to childrenThen there is the young group, the preschoolers. It is an age group we get attached to pretty quickly! We see them a lot through the summer reading program, and then we have our regulars for Story Hour! We love to see them walk through our door. The first five years are so important in a child’s life. Here are some facts that don’t really need any further explanation.

  1. Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do to promote his or her future reading ability.
  2. Reading to young children will extend their attention spans.
  3. Reading aloud to children aids in language development.
  4. As you read aloud, it builds listening skills and the power of the child’s imagination is strengthened.
  5. Reading aloud helps build a child’s comprehension.
  6. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge.
  7. A range of books teaches children about different topics.
  8. Reading together helps to create a bond.
  9. Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool.
  10. Reading to children calms them, especially when he or she is fretful and restless.

There are so many more reasons to read to your child and they are all important. We at Lincoln Library want to provide as much encouragement and resources as possible. With this in mind, we are in the process of establishing two early literacy programs in Barber County, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

As we get closer to the implementation of these programs, we will be posting details on Facebook, information in The Gyp Hill Premiere and reaching out to schools and churches in Barber County to involve as many preschoolers as possible in these excellent programs.